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One-third of Daines’ campaign funds from Montanans – a relatively high percentage

One-third of Daines’ campaign funds from Montanans – a relatively high percentage

HELENA — Only one-third of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines’ $5 million in campaign funds has come from Montanans — yet that percentage is more than usual for a key Senate race, political observers say.

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State plans 2015 rate increases, benefit deductions to cover employee health plan losses

HELENA — The 16,000 state employees and retirees insured by the state health plan likely will face rate increases of 15 percent to 27 percent next year, and lower benefits, to cover higher-than-expected medical costs, state officials said Monday.

August 18, 2014 9:45 pmLoading…
Walsh giving $180,000 in campaign funds to Democratic party; can't give it to Curtis

Walsh giving $180,000 in campaign funds to Democratic party; can't give it to Curtis

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh, who withdrew Aug. 7 as a candidate for his U.S. Senate seat, is distributing nearly $180,000 of his leftover campaign funds to other Democratic candidates and state party groups.

August 18, 2014 2:15 pm Photos

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In House race, Lewis gets 71% of funds from Montana vs. 28% for Zinke

HELENA — Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke are taking opposite approaches in their campaign fundraising for the U.S. House, with Lewis relying heavily on individual Montana donors, as Zinke depends more on out-of-state contributors.

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With no money, little experience, Amanda Curtis is Democrats' pick to run against Daines

With no money, little experience, Amanda Curtis is Democrats' pick to run against Daines

HELENA — State Democrats Saturday chose state Rep. Amanda Curtis, of Butte, as their new U.S. Senate candidate, putting the largely untested, freshman lawmaker up against Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines just 80 days before the election.

August 16, 2014 3:23 pm Photos

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Curtis not worried about her comments in YouTube videos saying she's an 'anarchist at heart,' felt like punching a Republican lawmaker

Curtis not worried about her comments in YouTube videos saying she's an 'anarchist at heart,' felt like punching a Republican lawmaker

HELENA — If Montanans — and the political opposition — want to know what newly minted Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis really thinks about things, they need look no further than her own, very public video record.

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U.S. House heavyweights to campaign for Lewis, Zinke next week

HELENA — Some top leaders of the U.S. House will be in Montana next week to appear at fundraisers for U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis.

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Democratic Party powers disparage Adams in run-up to nominating convention

Democratic Party powers disparage Adams in run-up to nominating convention

HELENA — In the run-up to Saturday’s Democratic Party convention that will choose a U.S. Senate candidate to replace Sen. John Walsh, supporters of Rep. Amanda Curtis have been bashing her main opponent, Wilsall rancher Dirk Adams.

August 15, 2014 4:38 pm Photos

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Sen. Dave Wanzenried pulls out of U.S. Senate nomination race

Sen. Dave Wanzenried pulls out of U.S. Senate nomination race

HELENA — State Sen. Dave Wanzenried on Thursday said he’s ending his efforts to succeed Sen. John Walsh as Montana’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate this fall, leaving only two main candidates still in the intra-party contest.

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MDU seeking 5.4 percent increase in natural gas rates for eastern Montana

HELENA — Montana-Dakota Utilities is asking state regulators to approve a 5.4 percent rate increase for its nearly 81,000 natural gas customers in eastern Montana — just eight months after an earlier increase was approved.

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U.S. Senate hopeful Curtis explains gun-rights position

U.S. Senate hopeful Curtis explains gun-rights position

HELENA – Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Amanda Curtis appeared and spoke last year at a rally for expanded background checks for firearm purchasers, but said this week her position on the issue won’t hurt her with Montana voters.

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Montana candidates for U.S. House offer ideas for veterans

Montana candidates for U.S. House offer ideas for veterans

HELENA — Montana’s two major U.S. House candidates, Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat John Lewis, have offered ideas on how to make good on the nation’s promises to veterans and how to give veterans a better voice.

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Adams, Curtis, Wanzenried vying to replace Walsh in Senate race – and maybe Bohlinger

Adams, Curtis, Wanzenried vying to replace Walsh in Senate race – and maybe Bohlinger

HELENA — At least three, perhaps four, people will compete this Saturday to become the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate replacing Sen. John Walsh — and the emerging front-runner may be a little-known high school teacher from Butte.

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'The Dude' won't abide calls for U.S. Senate run in Montana

'The Dude' won't abide calls for U.S. Senate run in Montana

HELENA — “The dude” for U.S. Senate in Montana? As in Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, sometime Montana resident, and iconic stoner from “The Big Lebowski”?

August 11, 2014 6:45 pm Video Photos

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Who chooses Walsh's successor?

HELENA — As many as 154 Democratic Party delegates, from elected officials to local party chairs, can vote Saturday on who will replace Sen. John Walsh on the U.S. Senate ballot in November — but only if they register for the nominating convention in Helena.

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Perspective: Democrats' prospects for Senate seat still grim; don’t blame Walsh for that

Perspective: Democrats' prospects for Senate seat still grim; don’t blame Walsh for that

HELENA — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, the Republican candidate for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat, must be feeling pretty confident about now — and a little bit lucky, too.

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Zinke releases some Navy records on SEAL career; Dems seek more

Zinke releases some Navy records on SEAL career; Dems seek more

HELENA — Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke recently released some of his military records that show he was a highly decorated Navy SEAL during his 23-year career, but the Montana Democratic Party has called on him to release all of his records.

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Dems set Senate nominating meeting for Aug. 16 in Helena

Dems set Senate nominating meeting for Aug. 16 in Helena

HELENA — The Montana Democratic Party has scheduled a nominating convention to choose a new U.S. Senate candidate for Aug. 16 in Helena.

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Senate race drawing interest; Schweitzer rules himself out

Senate race drawing interest; Schweitzer rules himself out

HELENA — A number of Democrats expressed interest in seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate to replace Sen. John Walsh, who ended his campaign Thursday.

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Democrats rush to choose new Senate candidate by Aug. 20

Democrats rush to choose new Senate candidate by Aug. 20

HELENA — Montana Democratic Party officials have not yet set a time and a place for a convention to nominate a new Senate candidate to replace Sen. John Walsh, but said they will do so as soon as possible.

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Walsh drops out of U.S. Senate race

Walsh drops out of U.S. Senate race

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race because his campaign was distracted by the controversy over allegations that he plagiarized a U.S. Army War College research paper.

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XGR panel: Montana’s renewable-power mandate, while successful, shouldn’t be expanded

HELENA — Montana’s requirement that utilities buy a minimum amount of renewable power, such as wind, has been an economic success, but shouldn’t be expanded, a legislative panel’s draft study says.

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Sen. Walsh cancels events; in Helena meeting with advisers

Sen. Walsh cancels events; in Helena meeting with advisers

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh, who has canceled several campaign appearances this week, remained in Helena on Wednesday as he pondered whether to stay in the U.S. Senate race in the wake of revelations that he plagiarized portions of a master’s degree paper.

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Montana House candidate John Lewis offers agriculture plan

Montana House candidate John Lewis offers agriculture plan

HELENA — Democratic House candidate John Lewis on Thursday released a five-part farm and ranch platform that he said reaffirms his commitment to the one in five Montana jobs that depend on agriculture.

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Daines votes to sue Obama; GOP says president exceeded authority

Daines votes to sue Obama; GOP says president exceeded authority

HELENA — Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., voted with the House Republican majority Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for what they say was exceeding his constitutional authority.

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Names of 3 attorneys seeking work-comp judge job forwarded to Bullock

HELENA – The Judicial Nomination Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to submit the names of three attorneys to Gov. Steve Bullock for consideration as the next state workers’ compensation judge.

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Who’s behind Draft Schweitzer attempt?

Who’s behind Draft Schweitzer attempt?

HELENA — One man behind the effort to draft former Gov. Brian Schweitzer for president is a 24-year-old Connecticut educator who was impressed with the Montanan’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

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Zachery Lahn is new director of conservative advocacy group

HELENA — Zachary Lahn is the new state director of the Montana chapter of Americans for Prosperity,

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Home-health employers seek exemption to Obamacare regulations

HELENA — Next year, all large employers will be required to offer health insurance to their workers — and for health care firms that rely on government funding to provide services to the poor, that mandate poses a special problem.

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Initiatives failed to make 2014 ballot for several reasons

HELENA — Direct democracy, a proud tradition in Montana for more than a century, fell flat on its face this year.

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State pensions register 17% return for year

HELENA — State investments showed a return of 17.17 percent on all pension investments in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

July 25, 2014 9:58 pmLoading…

Draft Schweitzer committee forms

HELENA — A Connecticut man has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to form a committee called “Draft Brian Schweitzer,” but he did not specify for which federal office.

July 25, 2014 9:56 pmLoading…
Bohlinger, Adams condemn Walsh’s plagiarism

Bohlinger, Adams condemn Walsh’s plagiarism

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh’s two opponents in the Democratic primary in June were critical of Walsh’s plagiarism of a paper written at the U.S. Army War College.

July 25, 2014 9:49 pmLoading…
Court upholds 12-day 'sell-by' rule for milk

Court upholds 12-day 'sell-by' rule for milk

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld a lower-court decision supporting the state Board of Livestock’s decision to keep its rule providing for a “sell-by” date for milk of 12 days after pasteurization.

July 25, 2014 2:35 pmLoading…
Walsh paper has 79% ‘similarity index,’ online review shows

Walsh paper has 79% ‘similarity index,’ online review shows

HELENA — The online plagiarism detection service iThenticate determined that U.S. Sen. John Walsh’s final paper at the U.S. Army War College had a similarity index of 79 percent.

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Walsh says he was being treated for PTSD when he plagiarized paper

Walsh says he was being treated for PTSD when he plagiarized paper

HELENA — The New York Times reported Wednesday that Montana’s newest senator, Democrat John Walsh, plagiarized large portions of his final paper submitted for his 2007 master’s degree at the U.S. Army War College.

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VanDyke starts out behind in court fundraising

HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke is back on the ballot for Supreme Court justice, but he starts out at a big disadvantage in campaign fundraising in his race against Justice Mike Wheat.

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VanDyke back on ballot for Montana Supreme Court

VanDyke back on ballot for Montana Supreme Court

HELENA—In a 4-3 decision on Tuesday, the Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower-court ruling and put Lawrence VanDyke back on the November ballot as a candidate for Supreme Court justice.

July 22, 2014 2:32 pmLoading…
For 1st time since 1972, no citizen initiatives qualify for 2014 ballot

For 1st time since 1972, no citizen initiatives qualify for 2014 ballot

HELENA — Secretary of State Linda McCulloch said Monday that no citizen initiatives obtained enough voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

July 21, 2014 12:48 pmLoading…
'Woodwork effect' of Obamacare adds 6,000 people to Medicaid in Montana

'Woodwork effect' of Obamacare adds 6,000 people to Medicaid in Montana

HELENA — Montana is one of two dozen states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid as part of the federal health care overhaul — but it’s still added a higher-than-expected number of folks to this program that pays medical bills for the poor.

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Whatever happened to CHIP expansion? It succeeded – but is really the Medicaid expansion

Whatever happened to CHIP expansion? It succeeded – but is really the Medicaid expansion

HELENA — While the debate rages over whether Montana should expand Medicaid to cover low-income adults, a dramatic expansion of Medicaid and a related government health plan has already happened — to cover children.

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NWE CEO says dam purchase a good deal: We are not 'crooks’

NWE CEO says dam purchase a good deal: We are not 'crooks’

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy CEO Bob Rowe told state regulators Thursday that the company’s $870 million purchase of a dozen hydroelectric dams is a solid plan to rebuild the utility and benefit customers, and that suggestions that the company will unduly profit are wrong.

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State asks court to uphold Montana’s ban on same-sex marriages

State asks court to uphold Montana’s ban on same-sex marriages

HELENA — The state of Montana asked a federal judge on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four gay and lesbian couples challenging Montana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Director says real estate sales prices should be public

Director says real estate sales prices should be public

HELENA — The state Revenue Department will ask the 2015 Legislature to change the law to allow the sales prices of real estate to be publicly disclosed, Director Mike

July 16, 2014 10:48 pmLoading…

Mikkelsen now running Zinke campaign

HELENA — Republican House candidate Ryan Zinke has changed campaign managers after winning the primary last month.

July 16, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
U.S. House candidate Zinke's assets exceed those of Lewis

U.S. House candidate Zinke's assets exceed those of Lewis

HELENA — House Republican candidate Ryan Zinke has amassed more in personal wealth than his Democratic opponent, John Lewis, their financial disclosure statements filed with the House show.

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Financial disclosure: Daines worth millions; Walsh, a lot less

Financial disclosure: Daines worth millions; Walsh, a lot less

HELENA — U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines, by far, is the wealthiest member of Montana’s congressional delegation — and, according to financial-disclosure reports, has personal wealth more than 125 times that of his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Walsh.

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Most of Sen. Tester's assets tied up in Big Sandy farm

Most of Sen. Tester's assets tied up in Big Sandy farm

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the only working farmer in the U.S. Senate, reported assets last year valued at $1.1 million to $2.2 million, most of which are his family’s organic grain farm west of Big Sandy.

July 16, 2014 5:42 pmLoading…

House candidate Zinke's debt now up to $83,000

HELENA — House candidate Ryan Zinke’s total campaign debt is now at about $83,300 under an amended Federal Election Commission report, up $26,000 from the $57,300 debt reported earlier this week.

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Auditor’s office: Net increase of 30,000 Montanans with health insurance

Auditor’s office: Net increase of 30,000 Montanans with health insurance

HELENA — Since the launch of the federal government’s online health insurance “marketplace” in Montana last October, a net 30,000 Montanans have gained new health coverage, the state auditor’s office said Tuesday. 

July 15, 2014 7:21 pmLoading…

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